Liverpool's Phillipe Coutinho has reportedly handed in a transfer request

  • Liverpool's Phillipe Coutinho has reportedly handed in a transfer request

Liverpool's Phillipe Coutinho has reportedly handed in a transfer request

Jurgen Klopp insists he will not become distracted by the transfer saga surrounding Philippe Coutinho, but suggested that the Liverpool star's future could be out of his hands.

"We wish to offer clarity as regards our position on a possible transfer of Philippe Coutinho", a statement from Fenway Sports Group (FSG) read.

The Brazil global emailed a transfer request yesterday to Liverpool's sporting director, Michael Edwards, in direct response to a statement from the club's owner, Fenway Sports Group, that he will not be sold this summer.

That message appeared on Liverpool's official website just prior to Klopp speaking at a press conference, during which he said of FSG's statement: "I think if somebody, in this case FSG, is saying something like this, that is the statement".

"When FSG say something like this it is 100 per cent clear", said Klopp.

Barcelona can discuss personal terms with Coutinho, but in the end that will not matter because they will still have to convince Liverpool to part ways with their best player.

Coutinho is reportedly viewed by the Barcelona hierarchy as the preferred choice to succeed Iniesta, but according to The Independent, Eriksen is also viewed as well suited to the club's style of play.

For Liverpool fans, it won't be the first time they have lost a big name player to Barca, with the Catalonians stealing both Luis Suarez and Javier Mascherano in recent years.

He has missed training in the run up to the clash with a back injury, though is actually believed to be fully fit.

Having scored a spectacular victor in Liverpool's last trip to Vicarage Road, the 23-year-old midfielder believes his side is ready to start well.

Per the source, Barcelona had to cancel the planned announcement of Coutinho after Liverpool rejected their move.

In a statement on yesterday, the club's owners said its "definitive stance" was that "no offers will be considered". Virgil van Dijk is yet another target for the Reds; while the player himself has handed in his transfer request, it will be interesting to see if Southampton will let go of their star player.

"I can't keep players happy".